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What Does a Simple Will Cover in Georgia?

Posted by Joel Beck | Feb 07, 2024 | 0 Comments

A will is a fundamental tool in estate planning, providing clarity and direction for the distribution of your assets after your passing. At Peach State Wills & Trusts, we understand the importance of creating a will compliant with Georgia law and reflecting your personal wishes. This post will explore what a simple will covers in Georgia, helping you understand its role in your estate plan.


Understanding the Scope of a Simple Will

A simple will is a legal document that outlines your wishes regarding the distribution of your assets upon your death. It is a straightforward way to ensure your estate is handled according to your desires. In Georgia, a simple will typically includes:

  • Identification of beneficiaries: Specify who will receive your assets, such as family members, friends, or charities.

  • Appointment of an executor: Choose a trusted individual to manage and distribute your estate.

  • Instructions for asset distribution: Clearly state how you want your assets divided among your beneficiaries.

Benefits of Having a Simple Will

Creating a simple will offers several advantages:

  • Control over asset distribution: Ensure your assets are distributed according to your wishes.

  • Minimize family disputes: Provide clear instructions to reduce potential conflicts among beneficiaries.

  • Streamline the probate process: A well-drafted will can simplify the legal process of settling your estate.

Limitations of a Simple Will

While a simple will is an essential part of estate planning, it has limitations:

  • Does not cover all assets: Certain assets, like jointly owned property or those with designated beneficiaries, are not governed by a will.

  • Limited flexibility: A simple will may not address complex family dynamics or special circumstances.

  • No provisions for incapacity: A will only take effect upon death and does not include directives for managing your affairs if you become incapacitated.

Key Considerations When Creating a Simple Will in Georgia

Creating a will is a pivotal step in managing your estate and ensuring that your assets are distributed according to your wishes after your passing. In Georgia, certain legal requirements must be met for a will to be considered valid. It's essential to understand these requirements to ensure that your will is legally binding and can effectively carry out your intentions.


Legal Requirements for a Valid Will

To create a legally valid will in Georgia, you must adhere to the following criteria:

  • Age and Mental Capacity: The law requires that you be at least 14 years old and possess the mental capacity to understand the nature and consequences of creating a will. This means you must comprehend the extent of your assets and the decisions you're making about distributing them.

  • Voluntary Creation: Your will must be created voluntarily, without any form of coercion, duress, or undue influence from others. It's crucial that the will reflects your true intentions and desires, free from external pressures or manipulation.

  • Proper Execution: For a will to be valid, it must be in writing and signed by you, the testator. Additionally, it must be witnessed by two individuals who are not beneficiaries or otherwise named to positions of service in the will. These witnesses must be present when you sign the will, and they must also sign it in your presence, affirming that they observed you signing the document of your own free will.

Additional Considerations for a Simple Will

In addition to meeting the legal requirements, consider the following when creating a simple will in Georgia:

  • Clarity in Asset Distribution: Clearly articulate how you wish to distribute your assets. Specify the beneficiaries for each asset or portion of your estate to prevent ambiguity and potential disputes.

  • Selection of an Executor: Choose a reliable and trustworthy individual to serve as the executor of your will. This person will be responsible for managing and distributing your estate according to your instructions.

  • Guardianship for Minor Children: If you have minor children, consider appointing a guardian in your will. This ensures that you have a say in who will care for your children if you're no longer able to do so.

  • Include Provisions to Allow and Efficient Probate:  Consider including Georgia specific provisions in the will to allow for a more efficient probate process, such as waiving the requirement that the executor post a bond, prepare and file inventories and appraisals, and provide further reports and returns to the probate court.  

Partnering with Peach State Wills & Trusts for Your Estate Planning Needs

Creating a will is a critical step in safeguarding your legacy, but going through the legal complexities can be challenging. Working with an experienced estate planning attorney ensures:

  • Compliance with legal requirements: Guarantee your will meets all Georgia legal standards.

  • Personalized advice: Receive guidance tailored to your unique situation and goals.

  • Peace of mind: Feel confident knowing your estate plan is professionally crafted.

Securing Your Legacy with Peach State Wills & Trusts

Planning for the future can be daunting, but a simple will is a powerful tool in ensuring your wishes are honored. At Peach State Wills & Trusts, we're dedicated to helping you create a will that provides clarity and peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Contact us at 678-344-5342 or online to learn how to plan for your estate in Georgia today. If you have any questions about estate planning in Georgia, download our free guide here, no strings attached.

About the Author

Joel Beck

Joel Beck founded The Beck Law Firm, LLC in 2007. His firm focused on business law and estate planning needs of clients, two areas that he was drawn to based upon personal and business experiences in his life, including a ten-year career at NASD (now known as FINRA).


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